Retreats

Retreats

What is a Retreat?

During a retreat we reduce our normal daily activities and concentrate for a period of time on developing our peaceful minds and spiritual qualities – finding happiness from within. Everyone is welcome to enjoy these special opportunities.

Below are our upcoming retreats. They vary from only half a day to an entire week and are suitable for beginners. All retreats include guided meditations with a qualified Teacher and sometimes brief prayers.

* All our online events are open to either anyone who would have booked to attend in person under normal pre-pandemic circumstances or residents of Manitoba.  For a centre near you, click here. *

Online booking will stay open until 30 min. after the start of the course. You will receive a link in the confirmation email to join the online event.  Please email registration@meditateinToronto.com if any questions or difficulties.

Soaring with the Eagles

Half-Day Retreat | Saturday July 24: 2.00 – 5.00 pm

Session 1: 2.00 – 2.45 am

Session 2: 3.15 – 4.00 pm

Session 3: 4.15 am – 5.00 pm

“We should know that all phenomena that we usually perceive are like illusions.” – Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche 

In this retreat, we will learn how to meditate on the emptiness of all phenomena. We can then apply our knowledge in our daily activities to keep our mind free from deluded thinking. 

Cost: 30$ (No Charge for Class Pass Holders)

Becoming Vajrayogini

Weekend Retreat | Friday Aug. 20: 7.30 pm – Sunday Aug. 22: 12.30 pm

Friday Aug. 20:

Session 1: 7.30 – 9.00 pm (Introduction)

Saturday Aug. 21:

Session 2: 9.00 – 10.30 am

Session 2: 11.30 am – 1.00 pm

Session 3: 3.00 – 4.15 pm

Session 4: 5.00 – 6.15 pm

7.30 – 8.30 pm: Prayers to Wisdom Protector (Wishfulfilling Jewel) with food offering

Sunday Aug. 22:

Session 5: 9.00 -10.30 am

Session 6: 11.30 am – 12.30 pm (Concluding Teaching)

This retreat is a precious opportunity to deepen our experience of the essential practices of the Eleven Yogas of Vajrayogini, and a chance to consolidate our understandings gained at the International Summer Festival. The retreat is suitable for all Highest Yoga Tantra practitioners, including those newly initiated at the Festival, those with some prior experience of these meditations, and those whose Tantric practice is in need of a little renewal.

“But no matter how much I searched, O Noble Lady, I could find no certainty of your being truly existent; Then the youth of my mind, exhausted by its elaborations, Came to rest in the forest hut which is beyond expression.”

Cost: 75$ for Entire Weekend (50% for 80$/month Class Pass Holders)

The Clarity of the Mind

Half-Day Retreat | Saturday Aug. 28: 2.00 – 5.00 pm

Session 1: 2.00 – 2.45 am

Session 2: 3.15 – 4.00 pm

Session 3: 4.15 am – 5.00 pm

In today’s world, our mind is overly busy and distracted. This exhausting, stressful state of mind robs us of mental space and clarity. Meditation on the clarity of the mind is deeply relaxing and empowering. It helps us gain insight into the flexible, limitless nature of our mind. By accessing the clarity of our mind, we gain the freedom to respond to thoughts and feelings in the most constructive manner.

Cost: 30$ (No Charge for Class Pass Holders)

The Path to Pure Happiness

Annual Lamrim Retreat | Fri. Aug. 26: 7.00 am – Mon. Aug. 30: 8.30 pm

Daily Schedule:

Session 1: 7.00 – 8.30 am

Session 2: 11.00 am – 12.30 pm

Session 3: 4.00 – 5.30 pm

Session 4: 7.00 – 8.30 pm

We all have the potential to become a Buddha, someone who has completely purified his or her mind of all faults and limitations and perfected all good qualities. Unlike our temporary, negative states of mind, our Buddha nature is pure and indestructible. We can ripen this potential through Lamrim meditation. By doing this, we solve all our daily problems and discover pure, everlasting happiness with the limitless ability to benefit others.

Cost: 120$ for Entire Retreat | 35$/ day (50% for 80$/month Class Pass Holders)